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Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river

Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river Dozens of environmental activists cycled from Montenegro's capital to the Albanian border on Saturday to protest over the neighboring nation's construction of a dam on the Cijevna river that flows through both countries. As governments hurry to meet renewable energy goals set by the Paris climate change agreement, plans to build almost 3,000 small hydro-power plants have sparked protests across the Balkans this year.


Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw

Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.


Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections

Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections A U.S. indictment charging a Russian national with playing a prominent role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" to influence the U.S. midterm elections suggested that Russian influence operations have become more sophisticated since a campaign to impact the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 that amplified news articles and social media posts by pushing them wider and posted links to domestic media with specific messages attacking individuals and political parties, among other tactics. Court documents cited examples of advice the group's organizers gave operatives on how to position: - An article on former U.S. Senator John McCain's opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border.


Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System

Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System Is Mercury's core liquid or solid, and why -- on the smallest planet in our solar system -- is it so big? What can the planet closest to the Sun tell us about how our solar system came into being? An unmanned European-Japanese space mission, dubbed BepiColombo, blasted off early Saturday morning from French Guiana, to probe these and other mysteries.


Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home

Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home The remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found stashed in a Detroit funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the discovery "deeply disturbing." The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the Michigan city. No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said. Unrefrigerated boxes containing about 36 sets of remains were recovered from the Perry Funeral Home along with another 27 sets of remains in a freezer, police said.


Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there.


Saudi crown prince loses key aides over Khashoggi death but is on way to defusing diplomatic crisis

Saudi crown prince loses key aides over Khashoggi death but is on way to defusing diplomatic crisis There were few surprises when Saudi Arabia finally admitted what most of the world already believed: Jamal Khashoggi, the missing dissident journalist, had indeed been killed at its Istanbul consulate. The gist of the explanation that emerged in a late-night flurry of statements via state-run media had been widely trailed – as much by President Donald Trump, who had quickly suggested “rogue killers” were to blame, as anyone else. It effectively dismissed Turkish claims that he had been murdered by a Saudi hit squad flown into the country for the job, and insulated Mohammed Bin Salman, the young Saudi crown prince, from blame. He does not escape completely. As part of the palace manoeuvring, he loses one of his most trusted intelligence chiefs and a close aide but in so doing, he may have engineered a way out of an escalating crisis, allowing him to protect relations between Riyadh and Washington. So rather than being ordered from the top, Khashoggi died in a tragic sequence of events as questioning spiralled into a fight, according to the official explanation. “The results of the preliminary investigations also revealed that the discussions that took place with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi during his presence in the consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul by the suspects did not go as required and developed in a negative way led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them and the citizen Jamal Khashoggi, yet the brawl aggravated to lead to his death and their attempt to conceal and cover what happened,” it said. Jamal Khashoggi had not been seen since entering the Saudi cosulate more than two weeks ago Credit: AFP Again, the consequences had been floated like a trial balloon in the preceding days. Sources had told both The New York Times and The Washington Post that Saudi leaders were considering blaming Gen Ahmed al-Assiri, a senior adviser to the crown prince. And so it turned out with Gen Assiri, an air force officer, dismissed as deputy intelligence chief. He had served previously as the spokesman for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, and was believed to have the ear of the crown prince, often sitting with him when receiving foreign visitors. A demonstrator wears a mask of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, outside the White House  Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Also fired was Saud Qahtani, a powerful adviser to Prince Mohammed who led Saudi efforts to isolate Qatar amid a boycott of the country by the kingdom and three Arab allies. He had also arranged interviews for visiting journalists. On Twitter, where Mr Qahtani had frequently attacked what he saw as the kingdom's enemies, he thanked the Saudi government for the "great opportunity they gave me to serve my country all those years". "I will remain a loyal servant to my country for all times," he said. Some 18 Saudis have also been arrested. Saudi Arabia is gambling that the explanation and the dismissals will repair some of the damage done to Prince Mohammed’s reputation as a reformer. It also knows that the US needs its help – and its oil - if Iran is to be contained as a regional threat. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi However, critics quickly ridiculed the official account of an interrogation gone wrong. “They don’t get it,” said Samantha Power, who served as US ambassador to the UN under Barack Obama, on Twitter. “Shifting from bald-face lies (“#Khashoggi left consulate”) to faux condemnation (of a “rogue operation”) to claiming the fox will credibly investigate what he did to the hen...will convince nobody.” It has convinced Mr Trump. Earlier he had suggested severe consequences if it emerged that the Saudis had killed Khashoggi, but also said he didn’t want to harm US business interests or anything that would threaten tens of thousands of American jobs in the arms industry. On Friday, speaking to journalists ahead of a campaign rally in Arizona, he said it was important that Saudi Arabia had made arrests but that he wanted to talk to the crown prince before deciding next steps. When asked if he found the explanation to be credible, he answered: “I do. I do.”


Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead

Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said.


Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics

Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics With the 2018 midterm elections just over two weeks away, the casual reader may be coming across some strange terms in the American political lexicon. For anyone confused by reports on the battle between Democrats and Republicans to control Congress, The Independent has compiled a handy list of some common terms. Battleground State: A state is considered a battleground state if its electorate is split relatively evenly between Republicans and Democrats, making state-wide races especially competitive and hard to predict.


Disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – timeline

Disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – timeline Saudi Arabia has admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, more than two weeks after the critic of the Saudi royals disappeared during a visit to the consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials have slowly released details in the astonishing case of alleged Saudi state-sponsored murder. Khashoggi, after seeking assurances for his safety, visits the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needs in order to get married.


USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. More than 400 women have since accused Tyndall of sexual abuse, some in a federal lawsuit covered by the settlement and others in state lawsuits that are still pending.


Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.


Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date

Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court in a wheelchair


Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal

Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The visit comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump this year. Bolton, who will also meet Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit held in July.


Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz

Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz President Donald Trump's Houston rally on Monday for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)


Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border

Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border PHOENIX (AP) — Large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said Friday.


'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner

'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner The indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said. "It is critical for Congress to step up and immediately act to employ much-needed guardrails on social media.


Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion The winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.


Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter

Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations. Trump's praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded guilty to an assault charge for the incident involving the reporter, coincides with an international outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Any guy that can do a body-slam, he's my guy," Trump told a political rally in Missoula, Montana on Thursday night, referring to Gianforte.


The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border

The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border President Trump ramps up his rhetoric as thousands of migrants reach the Mexico-Guatemala border, and he praises Rep. Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a journalist.


Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims

Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.


Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact

Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The stakes in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have never been higher, coming just two days after the Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials in an audacious attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country.


New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with


USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. Hundreds of women have since then accused Tyndall of sexual abuse.


South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off


Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets

Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets WLS reporter Diane Pathieu talks to contestants in Chicago who are hoping to grab a ticket and their chance to win $1 billion.


'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India

'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India At least 50 people were killed on Friday after a train ploughed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. "There are more than 50 dead. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters. More than 60 people who were injured were being given emergency treatment at various hospitals across the city, he added. An AFP photographer at the scene said some victims had lost limbs in the accident while others suffered head wounds. A crowd gathers at the site of the train accident Credit: Prabhjot Gill/AP "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they (victims) were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity. An eyewitness told a local TV channel there was "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" towards them. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people," he said. Indian relatives and revellers gather around the bodies of the victims of a train accident during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in Amritsar  Credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the deadly accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) each to the family of the victims. "We have reports that some 50-60 people have died. We have asked all hospitals to remain open through the night so that the injured can be treated," Singh told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured. Some relatives of the deceased blamed the authorities for allowing a "big function" to be held next to the railway track. An eyewitness said people were taking pictures on their mobile phones and "they were not given any warning that they should not stand on the tracks." India's railway network is the world's fourth largest and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. The country is home to hundreds of railway crossings that are unmanned and particularly accident prone, with people often ignoring oncoming train warnings.


At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police

At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India's northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.


Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape?

Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape? In just over a week, the Democrats chances of winning the House in the midterm elections have increased dramatically. What's behind the shift?


9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated'

9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated' Jeremiah Harvey, the 9-year-old boy accused of groping a woman at a Brooklyn


'The Old Man and the Gun' and 'Halloween'

'The Old Man and the Gun' and 'Halloween' Take a look at two movies hitting the box office this weekend.


Airbus, Deutsche executives to skip Saudi investment summit

Airbus, Deutsche executives to skip Saudi investment summit Airbus said its defense chief Dirk Hoke will no longer attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the latest senior industry executive to skip next week's event amid concern about the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Deutsche Bank's CEO, Christian Sewing, has also canceled plans to attend the summit, a source close to the matter said on Friday. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who had been trying to rebuild strained ties with the kingdom before Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2, called the situation "unacceptable".


Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept: It's an Electric Porsche Wagon

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept: It's an Electric Porsche Wagon The electric Porsche wagon we didn't know we needed.


Nikki Haley Jokes She's Not An 'Indian Woman' In Swipe At Elizabeth Warren

Nikki Haley Jokes She's Not An 'Indian Woman' In Swipe At Elizabeth Warren Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, drew laughter


Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfair

Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfair Nearly 40% of Americans think elections are unfair. Race, gender, and political identity contributed to how people feel about elections. Nonwhite voters, women, and Democrats have the most doubts about the electoral process.


Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad

Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad The woman who left the child, a friend of the mother, was initially suspected of child abandonment after video, shared widely on social media, showed her hoisting the toddler by the arm to a stranger's house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring on Thursday, authorities said. "The suspect in the video dropped the child off after the father had left the residence and at the wrong address," Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "The female in the video then left location without verifying anyone was home or who she was releasing the child to," Spencer said.


Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.


'Skullduggery': Washington think tank says 'no' to Saudi funds

'Skullduggery': Washington think tank says 'no' to Saudi funds A prominent Washington think tank will stop taking money from Saudi Arabia as a result of the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, its chairman said.


Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauce

Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauce Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony

Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony Named the “Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Law” after a Penn State freshman who died during hazing activities at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in February 2017, the bill unanimously passed the Legislature. “It’s a really big deal, a real change in landscape,” said Tom Kline, a Philadelphia lawyer who has represented the Piazza family since their son’s death. The law also allows the seizing of fraternity houses involved in hazing incidents, a provision that could make the Pennsylvania law tougher than Florida’s, which also provides for felony charges, said Tracy Maxwell, founder of Hazing Prevention, a national group.